LISBON - The man investigators accused of both setting up a burglary and then warning the intended victim pleaded guilty Monday to six charges.
Those charges relate to a burglary at the home of Nick Carosiello that led to the death of his estranged wife, Holly Carosiello.
Johnny P. Paroda Jr., 22, Green Lane, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to complicity to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; conspiracy to commit burglary, a second-degree felony; two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, both fourth-degree felonies; and two counts of obstructing official business, both third-degree felonies.
He faces up to 28 years in prison if maximum sentences were given.
However, Paroda agreed to a plea agreement, which Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said is contingent on Paroda providing truthful information and testimony regarding the night Holly Carosiello died and Nick Carosiello's home on Township Line Road was burglarized on Aug. 12, 2011.
Gamble said the prosecutor's office is willing to ask Judge Scott Washam for an eight-year sentence and allow Paroda to be released on electronically monitored house arrest until his sentencing in August in exchange for the information and testimony.
Not providing truthful information was part of the charges Paroda pleaded guilty to on Monday. According to court documents, the two counts of obstructing official business involved Paroda's attempts to hamper investigators, Detectives Allen Young and Jeff Haugh of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department while they were investigating the death of Holly Carosiello.
Paroda reportedly told investigators he placed only one call to Nick Carosiello to tell him Holly Carosiello was on her way to the house to get her personal belongings, denied knowing about earlier burglaries or conspiracies, denied calling Nick Carosiello to warn him about a plan by Jamie Adkins and others to burglarize Nick Carosiello's home to steal money and marijuana, and told investigators Nick Carosiello left his home before the burglary and death of Holly Carosiello. He also denied many conversations he had with Adkins and Nick Carosiello prior to the burglary.
Adkins already is serving 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, burglary and conspiracy to burglary for his part in the crime.
The charges claim Paroda conspired with others, including Adkins and Holly Carosiello, to burglarize Nick Carosiello's home and approached the home with them in an adjacent field on Aug. 11. Then on Aug. 12, the conspiracy continued, which eventually led to the shooting death when Adkins lifted 22-year-old Holly Carosiello up to a bedroom window at her estranged husband's home, where she was shot in the head.
Sentencing for Paroda was set for Aug. 30. Meanwhile he will be released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond provided he wears an electronically monitored house arrest GPS system and stays in contact with the probation department three times per week. Additionally, Paroda was ordered to have no contact with Nick Carosiello or two others.
Besides Paroda and Adkins, several others have been convicted of crimes relating to the burglary that night - Dustin Green, 22, May Street, East Liverpool, received six years for complicity to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary; Joshua Rudder, 22, St. Clair Avenue, East Liverpool, who drove the group to the burglary, was sentenced to five years; Nick Carosiello's brother, Anthony Carosiello, 26, Francis Drive, Wellsville, who removed evidence from the scene which hampered the investigation, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
No one has yet been charged in Holly Carosiello's death.